Beal, Wall each score 30 as Wizards beat Magic


WASHINGTON — Bradley Beal and John Wall each scored 30 points and the Washington Wizards snapped a two-game losing streak with a 125-119 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Ian Mahinmi finished with a season-high 17 points in the defence-optional game. Washington shot 56.8 per cent from the field and scored a season-high 74 points in the paint.

Orlando has lost seven in a row, 16 of 17 and 27 of its last 31. That stretch included a 130-103 rout by Washington on Dec. 23.

Elfrid Payton scored 27 points and Jonathon Simmons had 23 as all five Orlando starters reached double figures. Bismack Biyombo finished 8 of 9 from the field for a career-high 21 points. The Magic hit 51.3 per cent of their attempts from the floor after a 6-for-22 fourth quarter.

The Wizards struggled offensively in recent fourth quarters but made 11-of-20 attempts against Orlando. Wall hit three jump shots during an 11-2 run that gave Washington a 121-113 lead with 3:15 remaining.

Wall injured his ankle on the final play of the first half after landing on teammate Marcin Gortat’s foot while attempting to rebound. He left the court with a slight limp, but opened the second half and scored 10 points in the third quarter, including an emphatic driving dunk.

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Magic: Aaron Gordon had 14 points and Evan Fournier scored 10. . Orlando shot 70.6 per cent from the field in the first quarter. … With Orlando in the nation’s capital ahead of Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, coach Frank Vogel took the team to the slain civil rights leader’s memorial. “It’s …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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